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How to Create Scheduled Task Using PowerShell

Posted on October 26th, 2017 · Posted in Powershell, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2
task settings xml file

Most administrators use the graphic interface of Taskschd.msc console to create Windows Task Scheduler jobs. However, in various scripts and automated jobs, it is much more convenient to use the PowerShell features to create scheduled tasks. In this article, we’ll show how to create new Windows Scheduler tasks, export tasks.. read more

Windows.edb File Too Big – How to Reduce Size

Posted on October 5th, 2017 · Posted in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2
huge Windows.edb file

Windows.edb is an index database of Windows Search service, which provides faster search of data in the file system due to indexing of files, e-mails in PST files and other content. Obviously, the more files there are in the system, the larger is Windows.edb. In some cases, it can grow.. read more

Fix: Server Stuck on “Preparing to Configure Windows”

Posted on September 27th, 2017 · Posted in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2
Preparing to configure Windows. Do not turn off your computer

It is not the first time when I come across the following issue in Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows Server 2012/R2: after the installation of updates or some roles/components, a server prompts to be restarted. Then the message “Preparing to configure Windows. Do not turn off your computer” appears.. read more

Monitoring RDS Bandwidth Usage by Users with Perfmon

Posted on August 17th, 2017 · Posted in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2
get rdp usage by users with perfmon

In our network, there are several terminal servers based on Windows Server 2012 R2 with Remote Desktop Services  (RDS) role, which connects many users from branches and regional offices. It has become necessary to detect, which terminal users sessions generate the bulk of traffic thus loading WAN channels.  Most likely.. read more

Fix: Can’t Boot After Accidentally Deleted System Reserved Partition

Posted on March 14th, 2017 · Posted in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
System reserved partition on Windows 7 / 2008

Beginning from Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2, when you install Windows with the default settings to an unformatted disk, apart from the system partition (disk C:\), an additional service partition with the size of 100 MB is created. It is called System Reserved. A letter is not assigned.. read more

Disk Cleanup on Windows Server 2012 / 2008 Without Installing Desktop Experience

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 · Posted in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2
copy cleanmgr.exe on windows server 2008 r2

By default, in Windows Server 2008 / R2 and 2012 / R2 there is no Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) utility that allows to delete unused files and clean up the WinSxS folder and component store from the files of updates that are no longer required. To run it, first you have.. read more

GPO Logging Using Gpsvc.log in Windows 7

Posted on January 10th, 2017 · Posted in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
gpsvc.log

The debug log Userenv.log  (%Systemroot%\Debug\UserMode\Userenv.log) could be used to thoroughly analyze the application of GPO in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Using this Group Policy logging, you could track the order and time of applying group policies, find the policies that slow down the booting and solve other GPO.. read more

Remote Desktop Connection Error: Outdated entry in the DNS cache

Posted on December 14th, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2008 R2
The connection cannot be completed because the remote computer that was reached is not the one you specified. This could be caused by an outdated entry in the DNS cache

Users have begun to complain that when trying to connect to the RDS (Remote Desktop Server) farm  running Windows Server 2008 R2 using the standard RD client (mstsc.exe) they often get an error:

How to Filter Event Logs by Username in Windows 2008 and higher

Posted on November 17th, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
filtered security log

In Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, you could easily filter the events in the system Event Log Viewer by a specific user account if you enter the desired username in the User field of the log filter. But in Windows Server 2008 / Windows 7, this simple way of.. read more

Disable Creating Thumbs.db on Network Folders

Posted on November 14th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
Folder In Use The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program

One of the subscribers has found an interesting peculiarity of Windows Explorer in Windows 7 when working with network shares. The problem was that right after copying or moving a directory in the share, the system refused to delete or rename it. You could only rename or delete this folder.. read more